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IRAQ. Anbar province. Fallujah. June 8, 2016. A soldier from Iraq’s elite counterterrorism forces monitors radio traffic from an armoured vehicle as special forces enter the nearby Shuhada neighbourhood in Islamic State-held Fallujah. The operation to retake Fallujah is expected to be one of the most difficult yet; this city is symbolically important to the militant group and has been a bastion of support for anti-government militants since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

Photograph: Maya Alleruzzo/AP